News Release - September 1, 2000
BRAKE FINES INCREASE FOR TRUCKERS
Truck drivers should be aware Highway Traffic Officers will be on the lookout
for rigs with defective brakes on International Brake Check Day, Sept. 6.
Drivers will be fined $100 for each defective brake. They'll pay an additional
$150 if more than 25 per cent of the vehicle's brakes are defective. The new
fine fees were brought in August 1 and can run into several hundreds of
dollars. They are a big increase from the previous flat fee of $100, issued
regardless of how many brakes were defective or how bad they were.
Highway Traffic Officers with Saskatchewan Highways and Transportation will be
on-site at the North Portal, Regway and Lloydminster border crossings, working
in co-operation with other governments and police forces to check truck brakes
September 6th. Roadside enforcement offices across Canada and the U.S. will
conduct 16 hours of random brake system checks on commercial trucks that day.
International Brake Check Day is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety
Alliance (CVSA) and the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators
(CCMTA). It promotes awareness of the need for drivers and trucking companies
to make sure their vehicles' air brakes are properly adjusted and free from
Data from a May 3 brake check day shows 14 per cent of trucks inspected in
Canada and 20 per cent of trucks inspected in the U.S. were pulled off the road
due to brake defects. Large trucks take twice the distance to stop as cars in
ideal conditions, even with the brakes working at 100 per cent.
For more information, contact:
John Meed, Manager
Highways and Transportation
Phone: (306) 787-4133